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London, autumn 1938. The first and only meeting of two legends was arranged by Stefan Zweig and Edward James: between Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the psychoanalyst who fled Vienna, and Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), the Spanish painter. A meeting that left deep tracks in art history. Dalí, a pioneer of Surrealism and ardent admirer of Freud, studied the latter's writings in the early 1920s. Influenced by his theories and perspectives, Dalí increasingly dealt with the poetics of Surrealism and subsequently developed his own unmistakable, new imagery, which went on to make him and his oeuvre world-famous. Dalí was regularly inspired by trendsetting encounters: In addition to Freud, his muses also included the poet Federico García Lorca, the filmmaker Luis Buñuel and the histologist and Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal. The artist also dealt intensively and psychoanalytically with his youth, subsequently letting his findings flow into his art.

Consciously experiencing the subconscious

Surrealism and psychoanalysis, two of perhaps the most important movements of the 20th century, meet each other in the exhibition "Dalí - Freud. An Obsession". Typical of both? – The subconscious and the dream play central roles here. The Lower Belvedere shows around 100 works by the great Surrealist, including paintings, sculptures, letters, periodicals, photographs, films and books, which support Freud's influence on Dalí's œuvre. Also presented are new research findings which are intended to show how surrealist art took up and cast light on the relationship between psyche and psychology.

Spectacular start to the year of art 2022

The exhibition was already planned for autumn 2020, before the pandemic threw the program into chaos. Now the first show in the reopened Lower Belvedere marks the start to a Viennese year of art packed with highlights. The former summer residence of Prince Eugene on Rennweg, an imposing part of the Baroque palace complex of the Belvedere, opens its magnificent gates to museum visitors again following a general refurbishment. The building and its wonderful staterooms were completed in 1716 and have been brought up to date with international museum standards. The installation of a café as well as the renovation and improvement of accessibility and technology ensure a museum experiences of the very highest quality. 

Dalí - Freud. An Obsession

February 1 – May 29, 2022

Lower Belvedere, Orangery

Rennweg 6
1030 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -14%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 16€ Klimt ticket (Upper and Lower Belvedere): 21,5€ instead of 24€

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (90 cm wide)
        Rennweg 6
      • Ramp 600 cm long , 200 cm high
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for groups in Austrian sign language and for the visually impaired (tactile tours).
 Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts.

    • Comments

      Lower Belvedere Shop & Orangerie: no steps

      Orangery entrance: wheelchair access via link corridor from Lower Belvedere to the Orangery, 2 single, paned doors (each 131 cm wide). Wheelchair-accessible restroom in the Orangery.

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